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Dobson 3 Fire


(11)Dobson3 Fire Update 11-24-16
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date Started: 11/2/2016 Cause: Under Investigation Total Personnel: 56 Injuries to Date: 0 Size: 756 acres (15 fires) Structures Threatened: 5 Percent Contained: 95%... more


Approximate Location

35.447 latitude, -83.238 longitude

Incident Overview

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(11) Dobson3 Fire Update
November 24, 2016

Date Started: 11/2/2016
Cause: Under Investigation

Total Personnel: 56
Injuries to Date: 0

Size: 756 acres (15 fires)

Structures Threatened: 5

Percent Contained: 95%
Resources: 5 engines, 1 handcrew

Structures Lost: 0
Estimated Date Containment: Unknown

Dobson 3 Fire Update

Cherokee NC – We would like to wish everyone a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving. We would like to express our sincere thanks to the community of Cherokee for all of their hospitality and support during our time here.

The threat of wild land fire continues to be extreme due to drought conditions persisting in the area. Please remain vigilant in preventing and reporting wildfires in the area.

A Burn ban remains in effect for the Qualla Boundary until further notice.

Fire suppression crews continue patrol all fires within the Qualla Boundary. Safety of the firefighters and of the community is the number the one priority as the firefighters go about their daily responsibilities. Fire prevention is extremely important in the community. Fires are started by cigarettes, sparks from vehicles in the dry grass, outdoor fires of any kind, and campfires that are not put out cold. The public can help prevent forest fires by being proactive in observation and reporting of fires. With the Holiday weekend upon us the Cherokee Tribe and the BIA asks you to take care with your holiday celebrations. Please report any fires immediately.

All fires currently burning are under investigation by local law enforcement. Thirty five fires have burned within the Qualla Boundary since October. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is seeking information regarding arson fires on Indian Lands through the WeTip Program. Up to $10,000 is being offered through this anonymous program. WeTip can be contacted through their website: or by calling their hotline at 1-800-47-ARSON.

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Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginWednesday November 02nd, 2016 approx. 03:30 AM
LocationFires located within a 10-mile radius of Cherokee, North Carolina
Incident CommanderStacy Saucedo, Sierra Front Type3 Team

Current Situation

Total Personnel56
Size756 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained95%
Estimated Containment DateFriday November 25th, 2016 approx. 12:00 PM
Fuels Involved

Hardwood Litter. Lower fuel moisture due to dormancy continues to a factor in fire behavior.

Significant Events

Minimal. Dobson Ridge 3 continues to smoke from from an interior snag patch, containment is at 95%. The other fires fires within the Complex are at 100% containment today.


Planned Actions

Patrol and monitor of all fires within the Complex. Provide initial attack assistance to any new ignitions within the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Tribal Jurisdictional Area.

Projected Incident Activity

Dobson 3 Fire is 95% contained. The remainder of the fires with the Complex are 100% contained at this time. Any additional activity would be associated with new starts managed under the Complex organization. As of November 25th the team will transition management of the fires as well as IA back to the BIA.


Fuels are extremely dry due to prolonged drought. New ignitions will have a high potential for rapid growth. New initial attack events have occurred during each operational period since the beginning of the incident.Appropriate response has kept new starts small, investigators have addressed each.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

A moisture cold front will cross the area overnight with dry conditions with dry conditions returning Thursday. Another weak and drier cold front is expected to move through the area Friday with high pressure building in through the weekend. Deep layer moisture will increase from the West early next week ahead of yet another frontal system. The winds associated with this weather will be problematic for fire suppression efforts.

Unit Information

Eastern Cherokee Agency
North Carolina

Incident Contact

Fire Information
Phone: 828 497-5071

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